Joshua Edward Teel of Pendleton spent five years avoiding the criminal charges stemming from his white supremacists gang activity. Now he is back in the Umatilla County Jail.
Teel, 28, ran with a pack of white supremacists in 2012 in Pendleton that harassed and assaulted an African-American man, according to Pendleton police at the time. He pleaded not guilty August 2012 to misdemeanors of harassment, second-degree criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence and felonies of riot, third-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree intimidation. Intimidation is a hate crime in Oregon.
Teel also faces misdemeanor charges of assault and harassment stemming from a confrontation with another man in late October 2012. Umatilla County Circuirt Court records show Teel did not make it to a hearing for that case in December 2012, and Circuit Judge Christopher Brauer issued a warrant for his arrest.
Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said Teel was “living/imprisoned” in Florida.
“Recently, we received information that Teel was in route to Oregon,” Roberts said. “We followed up on information provided, located, arrested and lodged Teel.”
Teel’s Facebook page shows he was in Jacksonville, Florida, and was in a relationship with a woman and has children. His updated profile photo on Oct. 11 shows his many tattoos, including the Nazi swastika on his elbow. Some of the posters on his page espouse white supremacists and Nazi statements.
Teel has been in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, since Oct. 26. Circuit Judge Eva Temple set his bail at $100,000. His next court appearance is Dec. 4.
Andrew James Hendrickson, 24, of 46119 Iskit Lane, Pendleton, pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The Umatilla Tribal Police Department investigated the case in 2015, according to circuit court records, which at the time led to a Umatilla County grand jury indictment and a warrant for his arrest.
Hendrickson also has a Facebook page, and in August he posted he lived near Charlottesville, Virginia. He claimed on the page to have attended Blue Mountain Community College and to work in social media, video production and marketing for Bible-based organizations.
Circuit Judge Christopher Brauer set Hendrickson’s bail at $1 million. His next court hearing is Dec. 12.